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Poor Alastair Cook got a cricket ball into his special area during the Ashes today

Hans Moleman presents: Man getting hit by cricket ball.

Some of England's players found the incident rather amusing.
Some of England's players found the incident rather amusing.
Image: David Davies

ANYONE WHO HAS held a cricket ball knows just how hard those things can be.

So we can only imagine the pain Alastair Cook was (and probably still is) in after misjudging the flight of the ball during today’s first Ashes test against Australia.

After making a catch for the opening wicket in Australia’s first innings, Cook was forced off after a misjudged piece of fielding left him in a lot of pain.

The England captain was standing in the slips, and as a ball was edged in his direction it looked like being a routine field for him to stop a run.

However, as it bounced in his direction, Cook seemed to misjudge the flight of it, as it missed his hands and arrowed straight into his groin, to the collective shudders of every male viewer as they watched the replays.

Cook eventually departed to recover, with 12th man Dean Cosker coming on in his place.

A special mention to the BBC’s live blog though, who summed up the unfortunate incident perfectly, with a little bit of inspiration from one of Andrew Flintoff’s favourite yarns.

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